Minnesota child care proposal focuses on training, safe sleep

  • Article by: Brad Schrade , Staff writers
  • Updated: April 24, 2013 - 9:57 PM

But legislation lacks key recommendations from state infant mortality panel.

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dirtydogsApr. 25, 13 7:22 AM

Daycare costs, already some of the highest in the nation, are about to get higher thanks to a knee jerked reaction from our mommy state. Infant deaths have dropped significantly so far this year and I bet if this law passes, the DFL will take credit for the drop even though the new requirements are not even in place. The democrats always try to throw money and more requirements at problems when many issues can be solved by using common sense.

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cyndisdayApr. 28, 13 7:14 AM

Brad Shrade and the Trib raised awareness. They did not solve the problem. Providers did. We took on the issue, hundreds of hours of discussion, education, spreading the word, working with DHS and legislators towards legislation which will keep children safe and alive, not those which are unrelated to that issue. Overall licensing issues can and should be addressed outside of safe sleep. The data provided by DHS has been misused. The child mortality committee never figured out why this issue was present. They just put together a dream list from a National organization and put that forward. That isn't addressing the issue at hand.

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irishruleApr. 28, 1310:31 AM

Where do I begin? Putting the decision in the hands of county workers to take a person's job away is frightful. Daycare workers in MN don't have a leg to stand on. Any disgruntled former daycare parent can go squealing to the county and make up any story they want--you'll have a county worker at your door probing through your house and making life altering decisions for the daycare provider, the children in their care, and the families needing the service. My wife had been doing daycare for 17 years and a parent called the county on a violation of too many kids. The daycare pulled her license and now she doesn't have a job. This is good government? The squealing parent never had to face the person she ratted out; the county wasn't interest in helping the provider learn. It was mean and vindictive and a provider has no one to back them. Adding more judgement-call laws can't help. Yes, my wife was over with kids. She understands it was wrong. The kids she had that put her number over were school-aged kids. There's a lot to the story I won't go into but the bottom line is no kids were in danger, no kids were hurt, the parents at the daycare where devastated and their kids traumatized by the sudden closing. Good government?

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